Two young children injured in a Bolton blaze are recovering and police are not treating the fire as arson.
A one-year-old girl was rescued from a house on Longden Street, Halliwell, before 6.50pm yesterday – her brother suffered serious injuries.
He received treatment for smoke inhalation and remains in critical condition – officers confirmed the blaze was not started deliberately.
Detective Inspector Denise Pye said: “It is understandable that this fire has caused some upset in the community because two young children are hurt, one of them very seriously.
“At this moment our priority is to support the family and our thoughts remain with the injured little boy.
“The fire is not believed to be deliberate, however, we are investigating the circumstances leading up to the fire.
“The investigation is in a relatively early stage so it would be extremely unhelpful for people to speculate on exactly what has happened.
“There are officers in the community now so if anyone has any concerns then they are available to speak to.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police in Bolton on 0161 856 5740 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.